Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, formerly the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, was a drama school, and originally a singing school, in London. It was one of the leading drama schools in Britain, and offered comprehensive training for those intending to pursue a professional performance career. During its 100-year history, the Academy produced many established actors of stage and screen, including Rupert Friend, Angela Lansbury, Julian Fellowes, Antony Sher, Donald Sinden, Hugh Bonneville, Minnie Driver, Amanda Root, Julia Ormond, Natalie Dormer, and Terence Stamp.
The school was founded in London in 1926 as the Webber Douglas School of Singing, by Walter Johnstone Douglas and Amherst Webber. It was created from the singing academy founded in 1906 in Paris by Jean de Reszke. By 1932 the school had added full theatrical training to its curriculum, and it was renamed the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art. It was located at 30 Clareville St in South Kensington.
In 2006, the academy was absorbed into the Central School of Speech and Drama. Many of the academy's past alumni have formed a theatre company dedicated to keeping the original spirit of the school alive.
In 2009 the Central School of Speech and Drama renamed its Embassy Studio the Webber Douglas Studio.
- Notable Alumni of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
- "Central and Webber Douglas to Merge." The Stage. 20 April 2004.
- Chambers, Colin. Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre. Continuum, 2002. p. 221.
- Gunn, John. Acting for You. London: Lutterworth Press, 1957. p. 145.
- Webber Douglas homepage
- Webber Douglas website on Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
- Walter Henry George Johnstone-Douglas in Burke's Landed Gentry